Covid-19 cases have closed Turriff Hospital to new admissions.
23 patients and staff have tested positive for the virus since 8 December.
NHS Grampian said of the outbreak
In total, 23 Covid-19 cases associated with Turriff Hospital have been identified since December 8. Both staff and patients have been affected.
The facility is currently closed to new admissions. Patients are receiving care as normal.
Turriff had, during December, been one of the areas in Aberdeenshire with the highest number of Covid cases with 13 cases being reported. Since the peak in mid December, the number of cases has dropped but the overall picture across Aberdeenshire isn’t as good.
Many areas in Aberdeenshire are now at the 200 cases per 100,000 people level and areas around Banff, Macduff & King Edward are at 400+ cases per 100,000. It is believed that these figures will rise further over the coming days as infections and cases from the Christmas period begin to appear.
Local MP David Duguid said
This is very worrying news, particularly for those working or receiving care in the hospital as well as their family and friends.
It is clear the virus is now spreading rapidly across the country, and communities like Turriff will be no different.
This further underlines the need for everybody to abide by the rules and stay at home wherever possible.
We must do all we can to prevent further spread and get the level of infections back under control.